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by Jean-Remi Barris. Published May 4th, 2012.
Bérèche Brut Réserve was the outstanding winner at our Battleground Champagne tasting last week, so I thought it’d be a good idea to give you guys a quick introduction to the domaine and their philosophy. As some of you may know, Michael Edwards wrote an excellent book on Champagne a couple of years ago called [...]
by Jean-Remi Barris. Published April 27th, 2012.
The idea for last night’s tasting came about six months ago, at the end of our grower Champagne tasting. Most guests were really impressed with the overall quality of the Champagnes on show, but they were curious to see how they would fare against the Grandes Marques in a comparative tasting. No sooner said than [...]
by Jean-Remi Barris. Published March 23rd, 2012.
I think when I came up with the idea of organising a Rhône tasting, the only thing I really cared about was having Thierry Allemand’s Cornas in the line-up. Of course, I wasn’t against throwing a cheeky La Chapelle or a Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde in the mix, but the one that really got [...]
by Jean-Remi Barris. Published April 7th, 2011.
A lot is being written about natural wines at the moment, even our famously sceptical Joe Gilmour wrote about it! Some love them, some hate them, they leave no one indifferent. It is true that some of them can be dangerously sliding towards the kingdom of funkiness but when everything goes well and foul smelling [...]